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The 21st Century Investor: Ceres Blueprint for Sustainable Investing

The Ceres Investor Blueprint is designed to help institutional investors and their investment managers and advisors better manage the emerging risks and opportunities of investing in the 21st century.

Unprecedented risks to the global economy make this a challenging time for the 21st century investor—institutional asset owners and their investment managers—most of which have multi-generational obligations to beneficiaries. Climate change, resource scarcity, population growth, energy demand, ensuring the human rights of workers across global supply chains, and access to fresh water are some of the major issues challenging our ability to build a sustainable economy, one that meets the needs of people today without compromising the needs of future generations.

These sustainability risks will have far-reaching economic implications that investors cannot ignore. In the decades to come, they will challenge businesses and affect investment returns across all asset classes. As recent events have shown, waiting to respond is not an option.

This Blueprint is written for the 21st Century investor— institutional asset owners and their investment managers—who need to understand and manage the growing risks posed by climate change, resource scarcity, population growth, human and labor rights, energy demand and access to water—risks that will challenge businesses and affect investment returns in the years and decades to come.

Tom DiNapoli“Our goal is simple: we want long-term sustainable economic growth. And we have found from experience that comprehensively integrating environmental, social and governance considerations into the investment process is essential to achieving that goal.”- Thomas P. DiNapoli New York State Comptroller, Sole Trustee, New York State Common Retirement Fund